Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
This asymetrical block of flats has a stepped roofline above the entrance with a flagpole at the highest point and, I suppose, a small rounded porch-like structure.
I like the feature of the triangle shaped amber coloured glass windows running the height of the building between the two porches.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This is The Abercrombie Hotel on the edge of the former Carlton & United Breweries Old Kent Brewery site in Chippendale, formerly called the Australian Hotel. According to gdaypubs.com.au it was built in 1937 after the road had been widened and renamed Broadway.
The old CUB site is subject to a major redevelopment by Frasers Property and for the time being is called Frasers Broadway.
The hotel is due to close in mid-January 2010 to allow redevelopment of the site. It has been recognised as a heritage building within the overall development and will be retained. According to the plans, a new building will be erected over the top of the hotel but the Art Deco lines of the Australian Hotel will be clearly delineated.
Although the new building will sit over the top of the hotel, it is proposed there will be a clearance of 4m. This artist's impression, from the Frasers Broadway website shows how the roof terrace at the Australian Hotel could look.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I had lunch with a friend in North Melbourne today. North Melbourne being a old part of Melbourne was established well before the deco period but in between the Victorian houses, shops and warehouses and the modern builds and conversions there are a number of nice interwar buildings.
I spotted J Pringle Automotive from my trusty/rusty bicycle and had to stop to take a picture of two.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Yesterday, The New York Times plublished a story on the Sydney suburb of Potts Point mentioning the gorgeous mix of Art Deco apartments and Victorian terraces sitting among the restaurants and cafes of Macleay Street.
One of the best Art Deco apartment blocks in Potts Point is Macleay Regis at 12 Macleay Street. Designed by architect Eric C Pitt and built in 1939. The Library of NSW has a series of photos taken by Sam Hood in April 1939 showing the interior and exterior of this fabulous building.
I took my photos on a typically glorious Sydney winter's day in July this year, 70 years after the construction of Macleay Regis.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, choose architect and set designer Joseph Urban to design the building which included sculptural figures representing various aspects of the Arts, Commerce and Industry.Norman Foster designed a glass skyscraper for the Hearst Corporation. The Hearst Tower is 46 storeys tall and uses the original Hearst Building as its base.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The building was designed by Anketell & Kingsley Henderson and constructed during 1928-29. Around this time, Napier Waller completed a mural which still sits above the inner doorway at the Collins St entrance.
In the early 1990s, the upper floors of T&G Building was effectively gutted and the structure was incorporated into KPMG House by architects Meiter3.
The ground level Banking Chamber became the public face of the new combined building retaining many of the original features from the T&G Building including the glass dome which is lit in a rotating sequence of colours using fibre optics.Melbourne Open House 2009.
Monday, December 14, 2009
The decoration above the door can be seen on other apartment blocks around Toronto.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The stand was not particularily Art Deco but there were a few things that caught my eye when I visited in September 2003 the day after AFL Grand Final had been played at the ground and a few months before this pavilion was demolished to make way for the most recent wave of re-development at the 'G' in preparation for hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2006.VCA Club Championship in 1937/38.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
The Casa d'Italia was built in the mid-1930s as a social centre for the Italian community in Montreal.
It was designed by Patsy Colangelo.
The main part of the building is rectangular with a semi-circular office at one end. Stylised lettering above the windows on this circular end spell out the name 'Casa d'Italia". At the other end of the building, 'Maison d'Italie' is spelt out in the same style of lettering.
Past the entrance the building steps out is a nicely proportioned streamline curve giving some extra width to the hall portion of the centre.
The small foyer inside the entrance also features a fasces in the pattern of the floor.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Perhaps a clue to the building's former use are the fasces which decorate the corners at the 3rd storey.
No doubt there is an interesting story behind why a building in Blackpool dating from this time has these fasces as part of the decoration.
Monday, December 7, 2009
This is a former Synagogue in Synagogue Place off Rundle Street, Adelaide.
When I took this photo a few years ago it was operating as Church Nightclub. A bit ironic since churches today seem to be taking many of the former entertainment palaces of the deco era, the cinema.
I don't think it is a nightclub anymore. I think it is former Synagogue, former nightclub.